Cutting trees out of the river is a yearly and constant project for river enthusiasts. Darryl has taken over 350 trees out of the Eagle River alone over the past 40 years of commercially using this river. Its not required of us, but we are happy to do it to help mitigate river hazards for all users. Plus, chainsaws are cool and playing in the river is what we do, and this is just a form of that, and we find it fun and enjoyable….most of the time. Some trees have been downright SCARY to cut out!
Take it from your favorite paddle junkies. We’ve had the opportunity to explore rivers all over our home state. Colorado is home to some incredible rafting adventures. If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore many of them, let us fill you in.
Here are the Colorado rafting trips that must be on your radar:
Our state’s namesake river, the Colorado River offers a number of great stretches that can be done in a day. From the mouth of Gore Canyon, all the way down into Glenwood canyon, there are a number of day-trip sections suitable for a wide range of abilities.
The Eagle River also offers some outstanding day-trip stretches. Check out the upper Eagle from Minturn to Edwards and the lower Eagle River from Wolcott to the town of Eagle.
Another Norwest Colorado favorite of ours is the Roaring Fork, particularly the Slaughterhouse section.
The Yampa River offers visitors the chance to experience a 5-day wilderness trip. The scenery will leave you dumbfounded, and then you add in the class III and IV whitewater, and this one is a winner.
The Animas River is a great one near Durango that offers excellent day trips. The Animas has everything from family friendly trips to difficult whitewater.
The San Juan River is unique in that visitors can experience an extended, 7-day wilderness adventure. With no difficult rapids, it’s great for families with young children. You will feel like you are the first person to ever be there.
The Dolores River also offers overnighters, from 3-day to 7-day wilderness trips. The Dolores travels through different micro-climates, starting in the mountains with tall ponderosa pines, and then turning into a classic desert canyon trip near the Utah border.
The Arkansas River is the undisputed Jewel of southeast Colorado and perhaps some of the most famous whitewater in the state. Well known sections of the Arkansas include Pine Creek, Numbers, Browns Canyon, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge. With great day trips that are easy to reach from the front range, it’s easy to see why rafting trips on the Ark are so popular.
The Poudre Canyon is a Front Range favorite. This Wild & Scenic river is home to day trips just outside Fort Collins, Colorado on class III sections of the lower Poudre.
The North Platte River is a hidden gem in Colorado. But don’t let its sleepy status fool you. The Wild & Scenic North Platte offers some awesome multi-day wilderness trips that cross from Colorado up into Wyoming.
Clear Creek is a popular paddling playground that’s close to Denver and the Front Range metro area. Visitors here can enjoy day trips on several different sections of Clear Creek.
If you’d like to learn more about the awesome Colorado rafting trips that we offer here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, please check out our Rafting Page. You can also contact us online or simply give us a call at 970-476-3700.
Spring is here and we’re already looking forward with anticipation to some awesome 2018 rafting trips and summer adventures right around the corner!
Playing in the snow is a blast, but it’s usually around this time when we start dreaming of playing in the water. Before we know it, we’ll be pushing off for another awesome whitewater season. This summer, we will also be enjoying beautiful horseback rides, side-by-side ATV rides, fly fishing and sporting clays.
The 2018 rafting season in Colorado kicks off in May and we offer rafting trips to suit any group, from family-friendly outings to adrenaline-packed adventures.
First, our Float Series rafting trips are perfect families and groups of all ages. Explore the upper Colorado River and travel through scenic canyons while you enjoy splashing through waves and lazy swimming holes.
Next, our Adventures Series includes Class III whitewater trips with the excitement of rapids, plus some killer Colorado scenery. There are a wide variety of trips in the Adventure Series and we can easily customize these floats. They include stretches of the Colorado River, Gore Creek, the lower Eagle River and the world-renown Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River.
Finally, we offer some incredible Adrenaline Series trips for Colorado’s best nonstop whitewater action. The most famous stretches of river in Colorado are the Numbers and Pine Creek Sections of the Arkansas River. But don’t overlook the Eagle River. The Eagle is home to some awesome whitewater and we believe it’s one of the most underrated in Colorado.
In addition to these many rafting adventures, we’re looking forward to another summer of fun at our base of operations on a historic ranch near Vail. Here at our base, we’ve got 6,000 acres to explore on horseback and ATV. In this private setting, we have the mountain to ourselves where we’re free to explore Colorado’s alpine country. From here we enjoy views of seven different mountain ranges and overlooks of the jaw-dropping Eagle River Canyon.
For more information on our 2018 rafting trips and other summer adventures, please check out the rest of the website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com. You can also contact us online or give us a call at 970-476-3700.
It’s a beautiful time to be enjoying the snow in Colorado and here along the Vail Valley! March means sunshine and plenty big storms around here.
Getting ready for a Colorado snowmobile adventure? Not sure what to bring? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a memorable snowmobile tour.
Starting from the toes and moving up, you’ll want a decent pair of winter boots. Don’t have a solid snow boot? No worries! We provide them here at Sage. They are extremely warm and perfect for riding.
Next, you’ll want to bring your own ski apparel. Dress just like you were getting ready to go skiing – layer long underwear and your ski pants on bottom. On top, bring your ski jacket and appropriate layering underneath. Depending on the current weather conditions, you may want to layer a puffy underneath the ski jacket, or perhaps a lighter fleece along with a long underwear top.
We provide all riders with a DOT approved snowmobile helmet. Don’t bring your ski helmet, but do bring a neck gaiter or full-face balaclava to keep your face warm. Additionally, bring your ski goggles. We rent goggles if needed, but you’ll be more comfortable in your own.
Finally, bring a warm pair of ski gloves. Our new, top-of-the-line of Ski-Doo snowmobiles do have hand warmers on the grips. But you’ll still need gloves for your ride.
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While it’s been an unusually mild winter in Colorado, we’ve been enjoying the sunshine here at Sage! With ATVs, Snowmobiles and Horseback Rides, we’re having a ton of fun this winter. But after a slow start to the snowmobile season, the snow conditions are finally beginning to stack up here in the Vail Valley.
We’ve already had two feet of snow in the past week, and there’s a lot more in the forecast! Conditions for snowmobile tours are awesome right now. Believe it or not, these recent storms have caught us up significantly. Here in the Colorado River basin, snowpack is only 15% off the normal mark. That means we’ve got plenty of late winter and spring snowmobile rides ahead of us.
As snow conditions improve and snowpack continues to pile up, our groomers are out in full force. Here at Sage, we have three snowcats for grooming – that’s two more than anyone else! With more than 100 miles of custom-designed snowmobile trails and a 6,000-acre historic ranch to explore, the riding here is unlike anywhere else. This private ranch is bigger than Vail ski area! Our guests get solitude, space for throttle therapy, and views of 7 mountain ranges over the spectacular Eagle River canyon.
Finally, don’t forget that we’re still running winter horseback rides! This is a spectacular experience, riding through these snow-covered hills, through aspen groves and experiencing the stillness of winter in the Colorado backcountry. Our guests have been seeing lots of wildlife on the ranch, adding to this unique experience.
We could easily have another foot of snow in the next several days! Conditions are better than they have been all season, so give us a call to book your Colorado mountain experience. Call us at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.